I loved the quote at the end of the video.
I loved the quote at the end of the video.
Good news for the LGBT community in Lebanon.
Judge Naji El Dahdah, of Jdeide Court, Beirut, threw out a case brought against unnamed transgender woman by the Lebanese state on January 28, 2014 but only published today. The transgender woman was accused by the state of having “same sex relationship with a man”. However, El Dahdah rejected the case based on accepting a previous ruling by the Lebanese NGO, Legal Agenda and Helem, which was as follows:
Gender identity is not only defined by the legal papers, the evolution of the person and his/her perception of his/her gender should be taken into consideration. Homosexuality is an exception to the norms but not unnatural therefore article 534 (which prohibits sexual relations that “contradict the laws of nature”) cannot be used against homosexuals, and therefore, technically, homosexuality is not illegal. [HuffingtonPost]
Here’s a link to the article in Arabic. [Legal-Agenda]
The ReVa machines are based on the 3Rs principle: Recycle, Redeem and Reward. They accept empty juice bottles and cans, soft drink bottles and cans and water bottles and give in return green coupons which AUB staff or students can exchange later on for free water bottles, Plat Du Jour or even free guest passes at CHSC.
This is a great initiative to help spread awareness and improve the recycling process at AUB. So far 3 ReVa machines were installed at Ada Dodge Cafeteria, Charles Hostler Student Center and AUBMC Cafeteria as part of the pilot program and hopefully the idea will spread to other universities and even businesses. Based on AUB article, the number of bottles placed inside the machines during the month of February reached around 9000 bottles.
Spinneys already has ReVa machines in all its branches.
I was passing by City Mall a couple of weeks back and I noticed there’s an ice skating rink on the last floor. The ice rink is pretty big and could fit up to 60-70 people maybe. There are trainers to help out the first timers and trust me you will need one otherwise you will keep falling down. I remember when I first tried ice skating long time ago in the huge ice rink near Dream Park in Zouk Mosbeh, I kept hurting (my ass and back) for a couple of days after.
The entrance is for 25,000 LL but there are special discounts for students and groups. You can check out more information [Here].
The “Raid Des Cedres” is a yearly event organized by the Rangers Regiment and that I would love to go to one day (Target is next year). The race starts at the Cedars of Tannourine usually and ends in the Cedars Forest in Becharre. This year the Lebanese Army launched an app to register for the event and get to know about other activities they’re organizing throughout the year.
There are 3 types of races you can register to, the 45K, the 30K and the 18K. Download the app [Here].
Part from their mission to empower Military-Civilian interaction, The Rangers of Lebanese Army are organizing yearly sports events in Lebanon to promote the below objectives:
- Enjoy Lebanon’s nature
- Exploring Lebanon’s mountains and beauty
- Promote Lebanon’s touristic image by making the event as International on yearly basis
- Respecting and preserving nature
- Competing with spirit
Loren Woods, a former NBA player and currently playing with Riyadi Beirut, got into a fight with two Champville players in the last game that opposed them. The fight was cut out from the full game video uploaded by LBCI but put back on Ghayyath’s show “Inside Game”. To begin with, I am glad LBCI kept the fight online for all us to see and I think they should do the same to any incident that takes place in Basketball games to let the viewers decide for themselves.
As for Loren Woods’ reaction after the game ended, such things happen even in the NBA and I do believe he should be fined or stopped for a game but only if the player who committed the flagrant foul against him is stopped as well because that foul was really nasty and could have injured the other player. If the game was still running, they should have simply ejected both players and continued the game.
On a last note, what I saw in the video is Woods pushing a couple of players and not really a fight, so I don’t think we should make a big deal out of it.
Picture taken from Beirut’s Maghen Abraham Synagogue FB Page
In 1932, the population census of Lebanon indicated there were 3,588 Jews Living in Lebanon. The number of Jews still living in Lebanon today is estimated to be less than 200. Check out this nice read by Dalal Mawad.
Check out also these old pictures of Weddings and Bar Mitzvah at Beirut’s Maghen Abraham Synagogue.
Sasson is a Lebanese Jew, born and raised in Beirut. She left Lebanon with her husband and children in 1972 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. She was not expelled nor persecuted. She chose to leave because of political instability and a feeling of insecurity as a member of the Jewish community.
The civil war prevented her from returning to Lebanon. When the conflict stopped, she said she was no longer welcomed in her own country. It was only in 2008, after her husband’s death, that she decided to go back to finalize some paperwork.
According to Shultz’s book, “The Jews of Lebanon,” the first Jews came to the region that is now Lebanon around 1,000 BCE. They settled mainly in the ancient cities of Tyre and Saida.
Under the Ottoman Empire, Jews gained autonomy in the management of their affairs. A large number of Spanish Jews fleeing the country’s Inquisition came to the area in 1710, moving to the Chouf Mountains and working in silk production and agriculture. But the war of 1860 between the Maronites and the Druze, caused many Jews to leave the area, settling in the cities of Saida, Hasbaya, Tripoli, and Beirut. In Beirut, most Jews settled in the area of Wadi Abou Jamil, later known as the Jewish neighborhood of Beirut.
Lebanon’s Jews were Arabic-speaking and French-educated and had surnames in common with other Lebanese families – a significant indication of how intertwined the community was with its fellow compatriots. Srour, Sayegh, Haddad, Hamadani, and Majdalani are family names common among Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
According to Shultz, the Alliance Israelite Universelle established its first schools in Beirut at the end of the 19th century. Two synagogues were built in the mountain resorts of Aley and Bhamdoun and a third in the southern city of Saida. In Beirut, the Magen Abraham synagogue was built in 1926.
Lebanese Jews celebrated their religious holidays and shared them with Muslims and Christians. “For the Jewish Passover, the government used to send high level officials to attend the ceremony in the synagogue,” recalled Suzette Sasson. “For Christmas or Ramadan, we used to send greeting cards to our friends and neighbors.”